M. Jeff Thompson papers, 1848-1959
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Brief Description: This collection consists of correspondence, commissions, diaries, photographs, clippings, currency, stocks, legal documents, certificates, a wallet, biographical information, and other items relating to Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson, and other members of the Thompson family of Missouri and Louisiana. Included are handwritten secret codes used by the Confederate Army.
Held at:
Louisiana Research Collection
202 Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5685
Email: larc [at] tulane.edu
Record Series Number: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 72
Created by: Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876.
Volume: 6.0 Boxes
Acquired: 05/25/1964.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged as follows: Box 1) M. Jeff Thompson papers, Box 2) Thompson family papers; Box 3) Oversized materials, and Boxes 4-6) Diaries and scrapbooks. The collection consists of 6 boxes. It is 5 linear feet.
Biographical Note for Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876. : Meriwether Jeff Thompson, son of Meriwether and Martha Broaddus Thompson, was born 1826 January 22, at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Both grandfathers were Revolutionary soldiers. At fourteen, he went to Charleston, West Virginia, to attend military school. At seventeen, he moved to Philadelphia, then to Frederick City, Maryland, and eventually to Liberty and St. Joseph, Missouri. At twenty-two, he was married. His career included study and practice of waterway engineering and surveying in Louisiana; his military exploits in the Civil War led to the nickname, "Missouri's swamp fox of the Confederacy." At the close of the war, Thompson was appointed Surveyor General of Louisiana; also Chief State Engineer of Louisiana. He died in St. Joseph, Missouri, 1876 September 6, and was buried in Mount Mora Cemetery. Later family members lived in Missouri and Louisiana.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
Alphabet codes.
Confederate States of America.
Confederate States of America. Army -- History.
Engineering -- History -- 19th century.
Generals -- Confederate States of America.
Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
Official secrets -- Confederate States of America.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877).
Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876.
Thompson family.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Legal documents.
Stock certificates.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Acquisition Notes: Madeline Deck Noggle.
PreferredCitation: M. Jeff Thompson papers, Manuscripts Collection 72, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011. Revised by LAC Group 8/5/11.